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Poster: GersonK Date: Jun 11, 2004 12:49am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Categories

Hey, I like being able to specify my own categories! I think Steve is still onto something in as much as making the categories case-insensitive and ignore leading and trailing whitespace should be a smaller allocation of resources than things like curator control and clean up of the categories.

Just look at all the categories that appear multiple times on the Open Source list:

http://www.archive.org/movies/movieslisting-browse.php?collection=opensource_movies

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Poster: summerseve Date: Jun 11, 2004 11:38am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Categories

Gerson, I'm sure you have used your freedom responsibly and intelligently. But just click on "Browse the Collection" in Open Source Movies and I'm sure you'll agree that the result of this freedom has been chaos. Let's look at what makes the collection useful and easy to navigate. When a system isn't working, one needs to consider change, like it or not--don't you think?

Sometimes the greatest freedom is found in a limited number of choices.

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Poster: GersonK Date: Jun 13, 2004 2:06am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Categories

I'll just say that limiting user defined categories to sub-categories is a pretty good compromise, so I won't bore you all with debating the pros and cons of user defined categories.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffsimon c Date: Jun 11, 2004 1:08am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Categories

Well, when we discussed this before, we considered having certain top-level compulsory categories, and then user-settable categories underneath it, at least for some audio collections - I really like that approach, because then you can browse by basic 'style' and still get user-created categories underneath it.

But yeah, just a concept - your mileage may vary :)

s!

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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Jun 11, 2004 2:43pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Categories

White space and case insensitivity are easy but try coming up with categories to match every ephemeral film you might encounter. I'd start with the Dewey system... but heck I'm an old fart

This post was modified by Steve Nordby on 2004-06-11 21:43:10

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Poster: cashel Date: Jun 11, 2004 4:45pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Categories

I think that many of the films in Open Source Movies DEFY classification.

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Poster: summerseve Date: Jun 12, 2004 10:03am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Categories

That is certainly true. For example, there's a certain film involving a harmonica...

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